Middle East – 16 December 2009 – NEC Computers, a subsidiary of NEC Corporation, announces the launch of ECO CENTER, its new managed virtualisation system specifically designed for Data centres.

Available immediately through authorised partners across the Middle East, the new NEC Express5800/ECO CENTER offers a platform dedicated to virtualisation which marries power and reduction in energy consumption. The SigmaSystemCenter (SSC) operating tool optimises energy consumption and simplifies solution administration while its ‘in-the-rack’ Data centre architecture eases network and storage integration.

Annick Reyngoudt, Senior Marketing Manager for NEC EMEA Enterprise Business Unit, said, “The growth in hosting servers containing critical data, energy and space savings are crucial challenges for Data centres. This is linked to the increasing and regular growth in the volume of data processed. Given the investment in infrastructure and the global push for virtualisation both to save energy as well as to increase TCO (total cost of ownership), the new NEC Express5800/ECO CENTER offers the perfect solution.”

Rack Configuration: Designed to reduce electricity consumption and footprint.

The solution has been designed to enable easy and less costly cooling, supported by its open structure, optimised architecture and concentrated cabling, the flow of air is naturally more fluid.

NEC has also selected components with a reduced thermal footprint and low power consumption (energy saving chipset, SSD cards to replace power hungry hard disks, 60w processors). Finally, its 80PLUS GOLD high performance power supplies allow an electricity conversion rate of 92 %, against 70-80% for traditional power supplies.
Thus, NEC offers a modular platform which adapts to company needs. It is possible to buy servers as and when needed in the form of a 2 standard server module, which is easy to install and administer; or to invest in a set of 10 modules compatible with all types of rack; or even to install storage and network switches with around forty servers or, finally, to load the bay with 80 servers.

With its technological knowledge, NEC and its ECO CENTER enable companies to achieve savings of up to 50% on electricity consumption, at the same time as reducing the weight and space taken up by the rack by up to 50%.

Simplified, flexible administration

Businesses are always looking for profitable solutions which guarantee better productivity. To meet this need, NEC has decided to include ‘SigmaSystemCenter’ in the platform. This unique software suite enables:
•    rapid management of virtual and physical machine deployment,
•    dynamic monitoring and optimisation of physical and virtual server load,
•    movement of virtual machines or automatic increase in their capacity,
•    shutting down of unused physical machines,
•    administration of all servers at the same time when updating applications

This means that businesses benefit from a high availability, secure platform. Finally, simplified management enables a reduction in the number of human resources required.

Laurent Clerc, Product Marketing Manager for NEC Computers, said, “In our opinion, the ECO CENTER platform is a true example of NEC’s capacity for innovation. Thanks to this solution, we offer businesses the ability to reduce their operational costs and invest in a product designed in accordance with the group’s sustainable development policy: low energy consumption and lightened structure, longer lifespan of components and the solution, reduced and simplified management time. We are proud to be able to bring this product, using future concepts, to market.”

The Green Grid organisation has created a tool which enables calculation of IT equipment PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness).  The NEC ECO CENTER achieves a result of 1.56 in a concentrated 25M2 Data centre. The average in Data centres is between 2 and 2.5. The NEC Express5800/ECO CENTER is compatible with all operating systems and virtualisation systems from Citrix, Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, VMware.

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